San Gimignano


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San Gimignano

(sän jēmēnyä`nō), town (1991 pop. 6,956), Tuscany, central Italy. It is a tourist center that has fully preserved its medieval aspect. The city walls, the palaces, and the celebrated 14 towers (out of an original 72) still stand as they did in the 13th cent. Also of note in the town are the cathedral (12th cent.; damaged in World War II), which is rich in works of art, and the Church of St. Augustine (13th cent.), with frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli.

San Gimignano

 

a city in Italy, in Siena Province, Tuscany. Population, 8,200(1968).

San Gimignano is situated on an elevated site and has almost completely preserved a medieval aspect. Its buildings are dominated by the city walls, with their towers and tower-dwellings dating from the 13th century. Among other architectural monuments are the Church of St. Agostino (Gothic elements; 1280–98), the Palazzo del Popolo (1288–1323; now an art gallery), the Palazzo del Podestà (1239–1337), and the Romanesque-Gothic Collegiata (cathedral; consecrated 1148, reconstructed 1458; architect Giuliano da Maiano).

REFERENCE

Cechini, G., and E. Carli. San Gimignano. Milan, 1963.
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